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Planar LX Mariner

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Ben EllisonPlanar LX MarinerThe global display company Planar has entered the little marine world with quite a splash. Its three new LX Mariner touchscreen PC monitors—eight-, 12...

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iNavX

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Courtesy of iNavXYou may have heard that Apple's new 3G iPhone includes a GPS but did you know that someone has already developed a good $50 marine navigation program for it?...

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Bushnell ONIX 400

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2008

Bushnell ONIX 400Bushnell's Onix 400 mapping GPS is designed primarily for hikers, but I'm not the only boater to notice its ability to deliver both XM Satellite Weather and Radio...

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Furuno SC-30 Satellite Compass

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008

Furuno SC-30 Satellite CompassFuruno's new SC-30 can sense a boat's sea motion (pitch, roll, and heave) and relationship to Earth—i.e. position, heading, COG, SOG, and ROT (...

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Furuno DRS4A UHD Radar

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008

Furuno DRS4A UHD RadarThere's so much sizzle to Furuno's Time Zero plotting innovation, that extraordinary peripherals like its new Ultra High Definition radar and the SC-30 super...

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Time Zero, Live

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008

MaxSea's Iker and Brice Pryzo demo the Time Zero software they developed with Furuno."You must see it on water, where the technology and boat come together as one; it's so real!"...

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Navionics HotMaps Explorer

By | Posted May 2008

Navionics HotMaps ExplorerIf you’ve ever taken a plotter—handheld or otherwise—onto lakes, you probably know how inconsistent (sometimes nonexistent) freshwater...

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Raymarine SmartPilot X Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

Raymarine SmartPilot X SeriesRaymarine is refreshing its entire autopilot line into the SmartPilot X (SPX) Series. All SPX course computers include rate gyros for better...

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Pocket Navigation

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

If Mae West were alive, her famously bawdy trademark line might go like this: "Hello there, sailor. Is that a WAAS GPS AIO PND loaded with a continent's worth of nautical, street...

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Real-World AIS

By Steve Dashew | Posted May 2008

Recent reports about the 25-foot sailboat Ouzo being run down in the English Channel by the P...

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Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Max Pro

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Max ProWhen Jeppesen Marine took C-Map under its wing early last year, a much-anticipated consequence was the melding of Nobeltec navigation software (NSS...

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FLIR Voyager

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Flir VoyagerFLIR has added active stabilization to its $74,999 Voyager camera, but what's truly noteworthy is its integrated use of dual thermal cameras. Each has only 320x240...

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Managing the Waterway: Electronic Charts 2008

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Managing The Waterway: Electronic Charts 2008It may be an Intracoastal Waterway guide publisher, but the name Managing the Waterway doesn't do this company justice. Neither does...

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Standard Horizon HX850S

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Standard Horizon HX850SCredit due: Uniden built the first handheld combination GPS/ VHF, but the Mystic was quite bulky and expensive and is now out of production. Standard...

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Simrad NX40/45

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

Simrad NX40/45Simrad is refreshing almost its entire product lineup in 2008. The major themes are the extended use of SimNet (a.k.a. NMEA 2000) and the "Simradization" of...

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Navionics Platinum+

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

Navionics Platinum+As the ever-so-slight name change implies, "plus" is only an incremental change from the original multifaceted Platinum format, mainly offering improved...

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3D & G

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

The competition is fierce, and I'm not just talking about the grandiose debuts held simultaneously and almost chin-to-chin across a Fort Lauderdale boulevard the evening before...

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Simrad AP 24 and AP 28

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

Simrad AP 28Simrad's two new autopilot control heads, the AP 28 (above) and the smaller, knobless AP 24, may look like minor upgrades to the revered Simrad (Robertson) line, but...

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Standard Horizon CPV555

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

Standard Horizon CPV555Combine a top-the-line VHF radio with a competent chartplotter/fishfinder, and you get Standard Horizon's unusual and under-appreciated CPV series, which...

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AmbientNAV Alpha

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2007

AmbientNAV AlphaWest Coast-based AmbientNav has introduced a new monitor line named Alpha, as in "alpha dog." This leader-of-the-pack boast is based on high-end specs like 170-...

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Where To?

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2007

The four units displayed in my test lab below—ranging from the diminutive 440 all the way up to the touch-screen 5212—are a good representation of the five...

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Tiki Navigator Pro

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

Tiki Navigator is a particularly straightforward charting program with a clean, colorful interface. All sorts of help facilities, like those shown, are available but only show...

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Magellan Crossover

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

In some ways Magellan's Crossover fulfills the navigate-anywhere promise even better than the Lowrance iWay 600c reviewed here last month. Compact, tough, and battery-powered, it...

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Franson GpsGate 2.5

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

GpsGate started as a simple utility that let GPS data coming into a PC or PDA serial port work with many programs simultaneously. The latest $30 version extends the concept to...

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Riding on Penobscot Pilot

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

Huge freighters and tankers may frighten us small boaters, but they're also fascinating. I mean, how do you maneuver and dock a single-screw mountain of steel that's optimized for...

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The Road to the Future

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted May 2007

GPS technology has been the major force in bringing marine route planning into the 21st century. The Navstar GPS satellite network that made its way to us after the 1986...

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